Yecla (Murcia)

Yecla (Murcia)

Max. Summer temp. : 40 ºC
Min. Winter temp.: -6 ºC
Average rainfall: 250-300 mm annually
Average sunshine: 3,385 hours annually

Yecla DO

Yecla, once a farming town and today a furniture-making centre, is surrounded by nearly 8,325 hectares of vineyards. Of these, three quarters are classified for making DO wines. Designation of Origin is made only with the lands of the municipality of Yecla, northeast of the Region of Murcia, in southeastern Spain.

In 1975 the Ministry of Agriculture awarded the PDO to this earth and adopted its first regulation. It is from this moment when a quiet, slow revolution, pioneered by small private wineries and cooperatives here in the mid-1980s , has allowed the area to start producing red wines made with temperature-controlled stainless steel equipment. Thanks to this special effort, those fortified wines of the past have now become much more balanced, and have gained enormously in aromatic complexity.

The low yields give concentrated wines with great potential. The number of vineyards registered with the Regulatory Council is steadily increasing, a clear indication of local producers’ interest in quality. Some wines have already won their place among the most prestigious in the Spanish winemaking world, and one of Spain's largest cooperatives is located here.

Although there are no subzones, the Campo Arriba district is outstanding for producing grapes with a higher extract than other DO areas.

Yecla uses a wide variety of wine styles, although mainly produces red wines, which are based on the variety Monastrell alone or with other approved varieties, specific varietal Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot are also produced is obtained.

Protected Designation of Origin Yecla is a dynamic appellation, with great export potential, since about 95% of its production is sold outside Spain, is present in over 40 countries worldwide.

Regulatory Council

Consejo Regulador DO Yecla
Francisco Antonio Jimenez, s/n. Poligono Urbeyecla II
30510 Yecla
Tel.: +34 968 792 352 +34 968 435 412

- Spanish Ministry of Agriculture

- Regulatory Council, Yecla PDO

Area under vine
6,420 ha.
Altitude of vineyards
535-800 m.
Soil types
Limestone, with deep grounds and good permeability.
Principal grapes (w)
Macabeo, Airén, Merseguera, Malvasía, Chardonnay, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo.
Principal grapes (r)
Monastrell, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Tintorera and Petit Verdot.
Maximum crop
Red grape: 4,000 in dry farming and 7,000 in irrigated kg/ha. White grape: 4,500 in dry farming and 9,000 inirrigated kg/ha.
70 %
Production 2013
Production 2014
63,841.35 hl
Production 2015